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Compensation to families of 18 missing in Muzafarabad riots

Lucknow: UP’s chief minister Akhilesh Yadav distributed cheques of Rs. 15 lakh each to family members of the 18 persons who were missing since the 2013 riots and could not be traced till date, three years after the large scale communal riots that had erupted in Muzaffarrabad and neighbouring areas in September 2013. They were declared dead when they could not be traced upto now by the police, local administration and their family members. Jamiatul Ulama’s President Maulana Arshad Madni and other leaders were trying for and deamanding compensation to their families. On 10 October the chief minister invited family members of the 18 missing persons at his official residence in Luckonw and distributed these cheques to them in the presence of Maulana Arshad Madni and other leaders including Ashu Malik who too had been demanding and trying to obtain compensations to the families of those untraced so far and presumed dead. An official spokesman of UP government said that earlier also the family members of those killed in the large scale riots were given Rs. 15 lakh each, of which Rs. 13 lakh were given by the UP government and Rs. 2 lakh by the central government. It may be stated that at least 60 people (according to unofficial sources much more than 60 people) were killed and more than a lakh people were uprooted from their houses and compelled to live in make-shift camps like reugees, exposed to the vagaries of nature and facing all kinds of difficulties. These riots in Muzaffarnagar and neighbouring areas continued intermittently for weeks. In those days the state government had also paid compensations to about 3 thousand people of 11  villages in the form of food relief, medical assistance etc. Some among the recipients of these cheques were: (Ms) Aasia Ali (of Shamli), Aiyyub, Mukhtari Khatoon, Zubaida, Shahid Hasan, Hashim Ali, Sayeedah etc.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2016 on page no. 15

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